Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The other night, I was laying in bed trying to sleep (which is usually when I get my best ideas) it dawned on me. Maintaining a successful healthy lifestyle is just like maintaining a happy marriage! As I explain further, my healthy lifestyle will be referred to as HL.
(Feel free to add your own in the comments section)
HONEYMOON PHASE: Every relationship, especially with HL, has a honeymoon phase where youíre walking on clouds and you feel like nothing can break you up. Youíre off to a strong start, you have not had any real problems yet, and things are great! Enjoy it while it lasts!
LOVE: Just like a successful marriage, a successful HL takes daily effort to show love to your own mind and body. If your mind & body feel neglected and deprived, it wonít be a happy relationship and may result in cheating.
RESPECT: No matter how much you love HL, if you donít have a deep respect for it as well as yourself, you will have problems.
COMMUNICATION: Even the happiest of marriages have problems that come up with time. How you handle these problems can make or break your relationship. Similarly, when you reach a stumbling block with your health, (i.e. unexpected illness, change in schedule, etcÖ) you need to have established good communication with HL so you can work together to overcome inevitable issues.
COMPROMISE: Face it. We all know what happens when you give in to unhealthy cravings. If we didnít, we wouldnít be on Sparkpeople enjoying each otherís understanding and support. You have to know how to compromise when cravings hit. For example, the next time youíre craving chocolate, put down the sugar-filled chocolate bar, which shall remain nameless, and grab a healthier version like Endangered Species that uses beet sugar and contains over 70% cacao. Learning how to compromise will keep your relationship happy and healthy.
FORGIVENESS: In order to be happy in a marriage, you have to be able to forgive and forget. You have to put the past behind you and forget about what your habits were before HL. Even if you have a serious crisis, you donít have to just give up on your relationship and divorce HL. You can still pick up the pieces and gradually put your relationship back together and eventually be happy again.